The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine released a consensus statement is to provide a multidisciplinary approach to guidelines for the diagnosis, classification, treatment, and monitoring of pulmonary hypertension in dogs.
Dogs with PH can be classified into the following 6 groups:
!. Pulmonary arterial hypertension; group
2. Left heart disease
3. Respiratory disease/hypoxia
4. Pulmonary emboli/pulmonary thrombi/pulmonary thromboemboli; group
5. Parasitic disease (Dirofilaria and Angiostrongylus)
6. Disorders that are multifactorial or with unclear mechanisms.
The consensus’ approach to treatment of pulmonary hypertension focuses on decreasing the risk of progression, complications, or both, recommendations to target underlying diseases or factors contributing to the disease. Dogs should be monitored for improvement, static condition, or progression, and any identified underlying disorder should be addressed and monitored simultaneously.
Read more by clicking on the link below: